• There's a Code for That! - ICD-10 Halloween Edition

    By Maggie Cunningham

    With fall upon us and Halloween fast approaching, we need to be aware of the potential for a number of unique accidents that can require a quick trip to the ER. Yes, it's that time of year when all of the spooks and spirits come out to play. And sometimes they get hurt.

    Luckily, in 2015, the most recent revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The updated lists holds more than 14,000 codes, and 16,000 with optional sub-classifications of diseases, symptoms, complaints and external causes of injury or disease.

    We have narrowed this down to the top eight potential codes that our clinicians may need to know during the month of October, particularly on the 31st.

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  • anna2For infection control nurses, the little things make a difference - from the microscopic germs seeking to wreak havoc to the incremental steps taken to prevent or contain them.

    That's why Anna Lagahit, a nurse and Infection Control Practitioner at Kindred Hospital Santa Ana, goes out of her way to recognize hospital staff for doing the little things to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Staff might receive a "you made a difference today" card from Anna for something as routine as wiping a patient's table or IV machine, keeping catheter lines off the floor or ensuring the cleanliness of everything from the patient to the bed to the area between the bed and bathroom.

    "I am a resource to remind nurses and staff that they are protecting not only the patients but themselves and their families when they go home," she said.


     

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  • Kindred Celebrates Sun Safety Week 2016

    By Maggie Cunningham

    It's hot out there, and the hot weather is only just beginning. The week of June 6th is Sun Safety Week, and we want to arm you with all the information you need to know to keep yourself and the ones you care for properly protected.

    Perhaps the most common, visible danger of overexposure to the sun is the dreaded sunburn. It's red, it's painful, it can cause peeling, blisters or worse. One of the best ways you can protect yourself from the sun is to stay hydrated and take "shade breaks" as often as possible. Did you know that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM? There's a little rule to help you remember when to go inside for a bit: "If your shadow is short, it's time to abort and seek the shade!"

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  • It’s Easy to Secure I.T.! - Workstation Security

    By Kindred Healthcare

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     It's easy to feel a sense of security about your work-space, but even in locations with strong physical security it's important to secure sensitive data when you're away, sometimes called a "clean desk policy." Why? You never know when there may be visitors in the building, including vendors or even employees from other parts of the business who are not authorized to view sensitive information you have access to. Keep your work-space secure by following these best practices:

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  • It’s Easy to Secure I.T.! - Document Transport & Delivery

    By Kindred Healthcare
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    Not all data breaches are the result of malicious activity. Sometimes well-intentioned employees cause breaches by forgetting to pick up a printout, including the wrong person in an e-mail or by not disposing of a sensitive document properly. Follow the tips below to make sure you don't cause a data breach when delivering sensitive documents - via e-mail, FAX, or regular mail.

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  • Clinical Impact Symposium 2015 Pre-Conference

    By Maggie Cunningham

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    The 2015 Clinical Impact Symposium started off with a bang today with two breakout sessions for the pre-conference. While one room spent the afternoon focusing on balance and fall prevention, the other took a deep dive into the role of pharmacists in Interdisciplinary Teams (IDT). Later in the afternoon, registration opened up for the full conference, which kicks off at 8:00 AM Tuesday, November 10.

    Speaker Jennifer Ellis (PT, DPT, MS, GCS, and COS-C) began by detailing core characteristics found in clinical experts across all disciplines. It's worth highlighting that the key component of being a clinical expert is being a non-expert. While being a systematic thinker and having a wealth of content knowledge are crucial, the two most important qualities that all clinical experts possess are self-reflection and an ability to change their behaviors based on what they continue to learn. They find out what they don't know, and they learn it. In other words, a clinical expert doesn't necessarily know everything, but they are aware enough to realize when they need to seek answers, and they succeed in finding them.

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  • Avoiding Winter Falls

    By Kindred Healthcare
    This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.

    Avoiding Winter FallsSlips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents leading to injury. While most falls result in only minor bumps and bruises, thousands of people are admitted to hospitals each year after suffering a more serious injury.

    During winter months, slips, trips and falls happen more frequently due to dangerous conditions created by wind, snow and ice. The good news is that most falls can be prevented by taking extra precautions. Whether you’re heading for the mountains or just the mailbox, take these steps to avoid winter falls. Read Full Post
  • Alzhimer's and Dementia: Tips for Family Members and CaregiversThe holidays are usually a time filled with laughter and joy however for those with family members living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, stress and frustration can become an issue. Below are four tips to help prepare for gatherings and get through the holiday season a little more easily.

     

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  • On the Other Side of the Spoon

    By Kindred Healthcare
    CIS Peter Lam Nov 12 bThere’s more to pureed food than pureed food, and meeting the nutritional needs of patients can range from complicated to downright dangerous. Peter Lam, RD, CFE, of Peter Lam Consulting in New Westminster, British Columbia, addressed the group of attendees at the2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium to talk about how we can better understand patients’ nutritional needs and concerns, and more optimally meet those needs.

     

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  • Flu Season Is Around the Corner

    By Kindred Healthcare
    While the timing and severity of seasonal flu is unpredictable, being prepared by getting vaccinated and taking everyday precautions can help reduce your risk of being infected.
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